Frequently asked questions (FAQs)
Clearing advice and guidance
We want to help you prepare for Clearing. Find all the information you need to know, including what UCAS Clearing is and how the process works at Warwick. We also have advice relating to Clearing Plus.
If you are considering applying, research can be key to making your decision.
Visit our undergraduate webpages to find out what it’s like to live on campus and study at Warwick.
Frequently asked questions
UCAS Clearing is a part of the university application process. The UCAS Clearing system gives you the opportunity to find a place on a course that has spaces available.
It also allows you to consider applying for a different course, or course at a different university, if you have missed out on your first choice or simply changed your mind.
Universities which have courses with places to fill will list these on the UCAS Clearing website. Clearing is often thought to be for students who achieved lower grades than expected but can also be for people who simply change their mind.
Clearing is also for students who change their choice because of better grades. Students can then view their options in UCAS and request an offer for a different course. If you are looking to apply for 2023 entry, you can find out more about our courses and what it’s like to live on campus.
UCAS Clearing is open from Tuesday 5 July to Tuesday 18 October 2022.
If you are waiting for your results (for example, A levels) in 2023, you will be able to contact us in August when the Clearing Hotline opens.
Clearing is for students who have received their A level or other recognised Level 3 qualifications results but have either missed their required grades or would like to change the course or university they had applied to on UCAS. UK and International students are all eligible to participate in Clearing.
UCAS produces a list of universities and courses with vacancies to fill on their Clearing website. By applying through Clearing, the individual student finds courses they would like to apply to from this list. You then need to contact the university to check course availability and ask them to offer you a place via Clearing. This does not have to be at the same university, or even a similar course. Once you have contacted your chosen university, been offered your chosen course and added it in UCAS, the university will confirm the offer and your place is then guaranteed.
Clearing Plus is a service offered by UCAS for 2022 entry which can help to narrow down your options for Clearing based on your existing choices.
Once you have your results, you will be able to check to see if you have qualified for your Firm choice or Insurance course via UCAS. If you have not met the requirements, or if you have changed your mind, you will be able to contact other universities or apply for an alternative course. Our Clearing Hotline is closed for 2022 entry.
If you want to apply in 2023, there are three main things to do when preparing for Clearing:
Check which courses are in Clearing - We published the list of courses available in Early Clearing (Tuesday 5 July). Please note that our course listings may change based on availability.
Check the grades you need for Clearing - The grades you need will be published on each course page. In some cases, required grades may change so please check before calling the Clearing Hotline.
Prepare for results day - We want to help you stay calm on the day so make sure you have researched your options thoroughly beforehand.
The complete list of Clearing vacancies will always be the one held by UCAS. The list can be searched if you have a particular subject or university in mind.
The Clearing Hotline for 2022 entry is now closed.
Our friendly and welcoming team on our Clearing Hotline will be back to help you in 2023.
These are our top tips for calling the Clearing Hotline:
- Have your UCAS ID number to hand. Your UCAS ID number is the key information we will need to begin the conversation.
- Have your phone charger to hand.
- Have a good idea of the grades you need. This is important, as the grades that are needed for Clearing may be lower.
- Most importantly, try not to worry. This is just a conversation and we want to help you.
If we made you an offer through UCAS Clearing, you need to make the University of Warwick your Clearing choice on UCAS before your place is confirmed.
Here's how to accept a Clearing offer on UCAS:
- Log on to UCAS.
- Add details for the University of Warwick, and the name of the course we have offered you a Clearing place on by selecting the ‘Add Clearing Choice’ option.
Please note, Clearing offers are on a first-come, first-served basis and can be withdrawn at any time once the course is full.
If you have achieved the necessary grades for your Firm or Insurance choice, but have changed your mind about your university or subject, you can decline your place via UCAS and enter into Clearing. When you decline an offer, the university is free to give your place to someone else and you are unlikely to get it back. It is worth speaking to an academic advisor at your intended university and/or current place of study before you commit. After declining your offer, you can use UCAS Clearing like anyone else.
You can speak to various universities and receive more than one verbal offer over the phone. You can only add one choice at a time on UCAS, so if you have received multiple offers you will need to decide which one you are most interested in.
Universities will sometimes lower their entry requirements during Clearing, but not always. You will need to check the individual course requirements on our Clearing course web pages or the UCAS website.
You can apply for any course in Clearing, if you have met the stated entry requirements.
Clearing at Warwick is closed for 2022 entry.
Despite the COVID-19 pandemic, the way the University of Warwick reviews applications has remained the same. However, there are new options in UCAS Clearing that make it easy to find more information and apply online.
Fairness is dealt with by exam boards; we will be as flexible as we can with entry requirements.
Our campus accommodation guarantee
To be guaranteed a room on campus for the 22/23 academic year as a new, full-time UG student you will have:
1. Made Warwick your firm choice by 24 August 2022
2. Submitted your accommodation application online by 24 August 2022
3. Hold an unconditional firm offer of study at Warwick by 24 August 2022
We aim to allocate all new first-year undergraduate and International Foundation Programme students on campus, including those who have applied through Clearing.
If you do not meet the conditions above, you are not guaranteed accommodation. However, we will consider your application once you have an unconditional firm offer of study at Warwick.